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PEDRO MOTA Air Force

MMA ramps up combat training

Airman 1st ClassPEDRO MOTA Team Ill Brasil brings a new style of martial arts to the base. The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center now offers discipline specific martial arts training Monday through Friday at the Combat Training Center. A mixed martial arts group recently signed a one-year contract to team with Luke Air…

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LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Air Force

Reserve recruiter has heart of bull

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA, Jr. Master Sgt. Stanley Iakopo, Air Force Reserve Command recruiter with the 944th Fighter Wing, puts Joe Vigil, pro fighter and assistant trainer, in a hold while training at Peraza Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts gym in Glendale. Raised in a household of women, mainly by his grandmother in American Samoa, Master…

Airman 1st Class 
CORY GOSSETT Air Force

Air Force sets Thunderbolt on path to passion

Airman 1st ClassCORY GOSSETT Joshua Pant, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron operations management apprentice, performs a deadlift during the powerlift competition at the Luke Air Force Base Combat Fitness Center. Judges watch each competitor to ensure good form as well as ensure the safety of competitors. A down on his luck Austin, Texas, native had bills…

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GRACE LEE Local

Luke welcomes new MXG commander

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Col. Ricky Ainsworth took command of the 56th Maintenance Group Wednesday at Luke Air Force Base. The 56th Maintenance Group changed leaders Wednesday as Col. Victor Mora relinquished command of the 56th MXG to Col. Ricky Ainsworth during a change of command ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base. Ainsworth previously served…

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Combat Arms Keeps Airmen Ready To Fight

Every Airman takes an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the U.S. To achieve this, they not only need to know their job, but also be ready to fight when called upon.


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Newcomers train from get-go

Posted  June 1, 2012

I have the great honor and privilege of commanding the 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron, aka Team Roadrunner — “beep beep!” Over the last 24 years I have learned a thing or two that I usually share with my new squadron teammates at our monthly newcomers’ orientation. Now, these items are my opinion and may not…

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Events

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month brings Airmen, civilians, cultures together

Posted  June 1, 2012

There are many commemorative months that are celebrated every year, but on May 23 Airmen and civilians came together to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month over food and entertainment...

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Road closure advisory The Maricopa County Department of Transportation will temporarily close Northern Avenue between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road beginning at 3 a.m Tuesday to accommodate new concrete box culvert installation. During this time, Litchfield Road and Dysart Road will remain open. Glendale Avenue or Olive Avenue may be used as an alternate route….

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Thunderbolt of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Rodriguez 56th Medical Operations Squadron Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman Hometown: Urbana, Ohio Years in service: Two Family: Husband, Airman 1st Class Miguel Rodriguez Education: Currently attending Rio Salado Community College for bachelor’s degree in nursing…

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Dancer, actress morphs into fighter

Posted  June 1, 2012

When someone says the word fighter what may come to mind is someone who is big, strong or muscular. Well, if those are the only things that come to mind, you will be amazed when meeting the 5'1"...

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Tops in Blue comes to Luke

Posted  June 1, 2012

Coming to Phoenix for one night only, filled with music, dancing and fun. It’s not “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s the Tops in Blue 2012 show. Tops in Blue is the Air Force premier performing group made up of 35 to 40 of the Air Forces’ most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Health & Safety

Stop drownings, silent killer

Posted  June 1, 2012

Fact: Drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona among children 1 to 4 years old.   By the numbers  90 - People on average drown in Arizona each year 44 - Water-related incidents have been reported in Maricopa County so far this year 10 - of those 44 were deaths, including four children 2 - Arizona’s rank…

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What’s going into your tank?

Posted  June 1, 2012

Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either be increased or decreased depending on…

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Fit Warrior of the Week June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Tech. Sgt. Danny Amparan 107th Air Control Squadron Support Equipment Assistant NCO in-charge   1. How do you stay fit? Work out three to four times a week by doing cardio (running) and light weight training. 2. What drives you to keep working out? It feels good to be healthy, and I have to keep…

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Air Force News June 1, 2012

Posted  June 1, 2012

Maryland The Navy and Air Force stand to save more than $2 billion after jointly developing an engine modification that will keep critically important aircraft flying for years. The two services and industry worked together to develop and field a modification to CFM International’s CFM56-2 (F108) engine, allowing them to restore exhaust gas temperature margins,…

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